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As a little girl, I once looked up at a sliver of a moon and pointed out the moon was broke. As a big girl, I like to drink Blue Moon. Some may argue my tastebuds are broke.

Since today marks the first blue moon in nearly three years, I thought it fitting to kick off the long weekend with cupcakes and beer. Cheers!

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Once in a Blue Moon Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • For the Cupcakes
  • 1⅓ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup Blue Moon beer
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 orange, zested
  • For the Frosting
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract*
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the vanilla extract, the orange extract and the orange zest to the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the dry flour mixture and the beer and milk to the mixing bowl in three alternating additions, starting and ending with the flour.
  5. Fill the wells of a muffin tin lined with papers about ¾ full with batter.
  6. Bake at 350 F for 20-22 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake will come out clean when done, and the tops of the cupcakes will spring back lightly when touched.
  7. To make the frosting, combine the sugar, water and cream of tartar in a saucepan over medium heat.
  8. Heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture bubbles.
  9. While the sugar mixture heats up, beat the egg whites, vanilla extract and orange extract until soft peaks form.
  10. Very slowly add the hot sugar mixture to the mixing bowl. (Go slow so you don’t cook your egg whites). Continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
Notes
The frosting recipe listed above is beyond plenty for 12 cupcakes. I would recommend halving the ingredient amounts listed.

 

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